Friday, October 30, 2015

Our Vanishing Flowers and Bees

“Noah, you’re so full of what’s right you can’t see what’s good!”
~ N. Richard Nash, The Rainmaker

“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.”

A world without bees is a world without our favorite foods. To raise awareness on the plight of the disappearing honeybee, Slovakian artist Tomáš Libertíny enlisted the help of a bee colony to build The Agreement, a 1.6-meter-tall sculpture made of beeswax. The organic living structure is considered a world first for using bee architecture in large-scale fabrication and symbolizes the desired equilibrium between natural and man-made worlds.
Colony of honeybees builds a living hive in the shape of a flower

Our Vanishing Flowers New York Times :-(

 “There are no depths of irony, or bad taste, to which capitalists won’t sink if they think they can make money out of it.”
Tomas Libertiny from Vase sculpture  to 1.6 m flower ...

Facebook wants you to spend all your time on Facebook Washington Post. Furzy mouse: “Help me, Obi Wan.” The idea of FB as a walled garden is hardly news, but some of FB’s ruses might not be familiar to you.

pelican links

That is a classic and beautifully written nature book by J.A. Baker, here is my favorite passage:
The peregrine swoops down towards his prey.  As he descends, his legs are extended forward till the feet are underneath his breast.  The toes are clenched, with the long hind toe projecting below the three front ones, which are bent up out of the way.  He passes close to the bird, almost touching it with his body, and still moving very fast.  His extended hind toe (or toes — sometimes one, sometimes both) gashes into the back or breast of the bird, like a knife...

56 year young Friedrich noted that "No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche (October 15, 1844–August 25, 1900), who believed that embracing difficulty is essential for a fulfilling life

Osborne also notes that in Spanish, a hummingbird is known as a picaflor, “flower-piercer,” or a chupaflor, “flower-sucker.” The poets in these tongues observe the feeding habits of the birds. Emily Dickinson saw “a route of evanescence.”

“Whether by theft or by artistry or by conquest, when it comes to time, Venetians are the world’s greatest experts,” Brodsky parried. “They bested time like no one else.” He again insisted that I summon the strength to walk until the first sunlight painted Piazza San Marco pink. “You must not miss that miracle ” Joseph in Venice